handle vs treat what difference

what is difference between handle and treat

English

Pronunciation

  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈhæn.dl̩/
  • Hyphenation: han‧dle
  • Rhymes: -ændəl

Etymology 1

From Middle English handel, handle, from Old English handle (a handle), from handlian (to handle, feel, deal with, discuss). See verb below. Cognate with Danish handel (a handle).

Noun

handle (plural handles)

  1. The part of an object which is (designed to be) held in the hand when used or moved.
  2. An instrument for effecting a purpose (either literally or figuratively); a tool, or an opportunity or pretext.
    • They overturned him to all his interests by the sure but fatal handle of his own good nature.
  3. (gambling) The gross amount of wagering within a given period of time or for a given event at one of more establishments.
  4. (textiles) The tactile qualities of a fabric, e.g., softness, firmness, elasticity, fineness, resilience, and other qualities perceived by touch.
  5. (slang) A name, nickname or pseudonym.
  6. (slang) A title attached to one’s name, such as Doctor or Colonel.
  7. (computing) A reference to an object or structure that can be stored in a variable.
  8. (Australia, New Zealand) A 10 fl oz (285 ml) glass of beer in the Northern Territory. (See also pot and middy for other regional variations.)
  9. (US) A half-gallon (1.75-liter) bottle of alcohol. (Called a sixty in Canada.)
    • 2014, Ray Stoeser, Josh Cuffe, Bury My Body Down By the Highway Side, page 83:
      Josh bought a fifth of Evan Williams for Andrew as a token of gratitude and Ray, because of the financial constraints, purchased the cheapest handle of whiskey he could find: Heaven Hill.
  10. (geography, Newfoundland and Labrador, rare) A point, an extremity of land.
  11. (topology) A topological space homeomorphic to a ball but viewed as a product of two lower-dimensional balls.
  12. (algebraic geometry) The smooth, irreducible subcurve of a comb which connects to each of the other components in exactly one point.
Hyponyms
  • (part of an object held in the hand when used or moved): bail (bucket, kettle, pitcher), haft (tool, weapon), hilt (sword), knob, stail (tool), stilt (plough)
Derived terms
Related terms
  • give a handle
Descendants
  • Japanese: ハンドル (handoru)
Translations

Etymology 2

From Middle English handlen, from Old English handlian (to handle, feel, deal with, discuss), from Proto-Germanic *handlōną (to take, grip, feel), equivalent to hand +‎ -le. Cognate with West Frisian hanneljen, hanljen (to handle, treat), Dutch handelen (to handle, deal, act, negotiate), German handeln (to act, trade, negotiate, behave), Swedish handla (to buy, trade, deal), Icelandic höndla (to handle).

Verb

handle (third-person singular simple present handles, present participle handling, simple past and past participle handled)

  1. (transitive) To touch; to feel or hold with the hand(s).
    • Happy, ye leaves! when as those lilly hands […] Shall handle you.
    • Handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh.
  2. (transitive, rare) To accustom to the hand; to take care of with the hands.
    • 1679, William Temple, An essay upon the advancement of trade in Ireland.
      The hardness of the winters forces the breeders to house and handle their colts for at least six months every year.
  3. (transitive) To manage, use, or wield with the hands.
    • 1976, Mel Hallin Bolster, Crazy Snake and the Smoked Meat Rebellion, page 66
      Light on his feet for a big man, he handled the rifle like a pistol.
  4. (transitive) To manage, control, or direct.
  5. (transitive) To treat, to deal with (in a specified way).
  6. (transitive) To deal with (a subject, argument, topic, or theme) in speaking, in writing, or in art.
    • 1625, Francis Bacon, Of Envy
      We will handle what persons are apt to envy others…
  7. (transitive) To receive and transfer; to have pass through one’s hands; hence, to buy and sell.
  8. (transitive, rare) To be concerned with; to be an expert in.
  9. (transitive) To put up with; to endure (and continue to function).
    • 2014, Andrew Stellman, Jennifer Greene, Learning Agile: Understanding Scrum, XP, Lean, and Kanban →ISBN:
      For example, a program that loads data from a file needs to handle the case where that file is not found.
  10. (intransitive) To use the hands.
    • They [idols made of gold and silver] have hands, but they handle not
  11. (soccer, intransitive) To illegally touch the ball with the hand or arm; to commit handball.
  12. (intransitive) To behave in a particular way when handled (managed, controlled, directed).
Synonyms
Derived terms
Related terms
  • hand
Translations

Anagrams

  • Dahlen, Handel

Alemannic German

Verb

handle

  1. (Uri) to stroke the teats of a dairy cow until they fill with milk

References

  • Abegg, Emil, (1911) Die Mundart von Urseren (Beiträge zur Schweizerdeutschen Grammatik. IV.) [The Dialect of Urseren], Frauenfeld, Switzerland: Huber & Co.

Danish

Etymology

From Old Norse handla, hǫndla, from hǫnd (hand). In the sense trade influenced by from Middle Low German handelen and German handeln.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /hanlə/, [ˈhanlə]

Verb

handle (imperative handl, infinitive at handle, present tense handler, past tense handlede, perfect tense har handlet)

  1. act (to do something)
  2. trade, shop

German

Verb

handle

  1. inflection of handeln:
    1. first-person singular present
    2. singular imperative
    3. first/third-person singular subjunctive I

Norwegian Bokmål

Etymology

From Old Norse handla and German handeln

Pronunciation

Verb

handle (imperative handl or handle, present tense handler, passive handles, simple past and past participle handla or handlet, present participle handlende)

  1. to act (do something)
  2. to deal, trade, to do business
  3. to shop (visit shops)

Derived terms

  • forhandle
  • handletur
  • handling

References

  • “handle” in The Bokmål Dictionary.

Norwegian Nynorsk

Alternative forms

  • handla

Etymology

From Old Norse handla and German handeln

Verb

handle (present tense handlar, past tense handla, past participle handla, passive infinitive handlast, present participle handlande, imperative handl)

  1. to act (do something)
  2. to deal, trade, to do business
  3. to shop (visit shops)

Derived terms

  • forhandle
  • handletur
  • handling

References

  • “handle” in The Nynorsk Dictionary.


English

Etymology

From Middle English treten, from Anglo-Norman treter, Old French tretier, traiter, from Latin trāctare (to pull”, “to manage), from the past participle stem of trahere (to draw”, “to pull).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /tɹiːt/
  • Rhymes: -iːt

Verb

treat (third-person singular simple present treats, present participle treating, simple past and past participle treated)

  1. (intransitive) To negotiate, discuss terms, bargain (for or with). [from 13th c.]
    • 1955, J. R. R. Tolkien, The Return of the King, George Allen & Unwin:
      Now halting a few paces before the Captains of the West he looked them up and down and laughed. ‘Is there any in this rout with authority to treat with me?’ he asked.
    • 1985, Lawrence Durrell, Quinx, Faber & Faber 2004 (Avignon Quintet), p. 1365:
      After all, in this hideous war we have just passed through never forget that Halifax would have treated with Hitler: it took Churchill to refuse.
    • 2010, David Mitchell, The Observer, 6 Jun 2010:
      I wouldn’t promote businesses I considered immoral – ambulance-chasing lawyers or online roulette for example – but I’ve got nothing against computer or software manufacture: they’re important and any reputable company in that industry is welcome to treat for my services.
  2. (intransitive) To discourse; to handle a subject in writing or speaking; to conduct a discussion. [from 14th c.]
  3. (transitive) To discourse on; to represent or deal with in a particular way, in writing or speaking. [from 14th c.]
  4. (transitive, intransitive, obsolete) To entreat or beseech (someone). [14th-17th c.]
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Lord Berners to this entry?)
  5. (transitive) To handle, deal with or behave towards in a specific way. [from 14th c.]
  6. (transitive) To entertain with food or drink, especially at one’s own expense; to show hospitality to; to pay for as celebration or reward. [from 16th c.]
  7. (Britain, politics) To commit the offence of providing food, drink, entertainment or provision to corruptly influence a voter.
  8. (transitive) To care for medicinally or surgically; to apply medical care to. [from 18th c.]
  9. (transitive) To subject to a chemical or other action; to act upon with a specific scientific result in mind. [from 19th c.]
  10. To provide something special and pleasant.
    • 2012, Chelsea 6-0 Wolves [1]
      The Chelsea captain was a virtual spectator as he was treated to his side’s biggest win for almost two years as Stamford Bridge serenaded him with chants of “there’s only one England captain,” some 48 hours after he announced his retirement from international football.

Usage notes

In the dialects found in Northern England, the past tense and past participle form tret (/tɹɛt/) is sometimes encountered.

Synonyms

  • (to deal with in a very specific way): behandle
  • (give medical care or attention to): leech, make better

Derived terms

Related terms

Translations

Noun

treat (plural treats)

  1. An entertainment, outing, food, drink, or other indulgence provided by someone for the enjoyment of others.
    I took the kids to the zoo for a treat.
    Here are some healthy Halloween treats for ghouls and witches of all ages.
  2. An unexpected gift, event etc., which provides great pleasure.
    It was such a treat to see her back in action on the London stage.
  3. A snack food item designed to be given to pets.
    I lured the cat into her carrier by throwing a couple of treats in there.
  4. (obsolete) A parley or discussion of terms; a negotiation.
  5. (obsolete) An entreaty.

Derived terms

Translations

Anagrams

  • Ratte, atter, ratte, tater, teart, tetra, tetra-

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